On The Clock: Allen Crabbe

Mar 20, 2013; San Jose, CA, USA; California Golden Bears guard Allen Crabbe (23) shoots during practice the day before the second round of the 2013 NCAA tournament at HP Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

With all the swirling NBA rumors the 2013 NBA Draft is upon us in four days. If the Los Angeles Clippers trade (future) draft picks and not this years pick will they pick a big manor a shooting guard to feel the void that Chauncey Billups left? According to the newest rumors the Clippers DeAndre Jordan won’t be part of the Doc Rivers deal. So with all that said it seems to me the Clippers are desperately in need of a two-guard and it seems like Allen Crabbe of California may be the best fit.

Here’s a wide-range of opinions on the shooting guard from around the Web:

SB Nation

Where he really separates himself from other shooting guard prospects is his ability to play off the ball. Most of Cal’s offense came from the defensive attention Crabbe demanded coming off screens. He knows how to curl off picks and attack the basket, and he can find the open man when he draws help.

At the next level, when Crabbe will no longer be the focus of defenses, he could be an even more efficient player. He’s not a guard you isolate at the top of the key and expect to draw a double team, but he would be an excellent backcourt partner for a ball-dominant point guard.

NBADraft.net

Strengths: 

  • A lethal spot-up shooter with terrific range
  • Text book shooting form
  •  Displays a consistent stroke with excellent mechanics on his jumper, releasing the ball off his fingertips with great ease in one silky-smooth motion
  • Has outstanding footwork and generates proper elevation on his shot. Squares his shoulders and feet to the basket
  • Appears to have tremendous range on his 3-ball, and has shown the ability to drain it from the NBA-line with no hitch in his natural release …

Weaknesses:

  • Has yet to show any type of consistency when it comes to creating his own shot off the dribble
  • Has predominantly been relegated to catching and shooting the ball
  • At this particular stage, the lack of any significant 1-on-1 ability along the wings against opposing college defenders is a bit concerning in regards to his offensive potential at the professional-level
  • Individual moves consisting of more than 2 decisive dribbles appear to be out of his comfort zone
  • Needs to improve upon his ball-handling and develop a repertoire of reliable moves he can go to when opponents play him exclusively for his shot

Draft Express

Topics: 2013 NBA Draft, Allen Crabbe, California, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA, NBA Draft, Scouting Report

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